Tag: ending veteran homelessness

Nonprofits and Philanthropies Can Help Create Affordable Housing in Your City

America’s mayors have stated that affordable housing, particularly for the homeless, is an issue of primary concern in their cities. NLC’s Elisha Harig-Blaine shares the story of one homeless veteran who was able to obtain housing — but only with the help of a local nonprofit in partnership with the city. For the fourth consecutive

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Houston Becomes Largest City to Effectively End Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined hundreds of service providers, community members and business leaders to announce that the city had built the system necessary to effectively end veteran homelessness. “Too often those that answered the call of service still find themselves struggling long after leaving the military. Houston is there for our heroes,

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How the City of New Orleans Ended Veteran Homelessness

Building on the success of Phoenix and Salt Lake City in ending chronic veteran homelessness, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced in January 2015 that the city had achieved the goal of the Mayors Challenge and reached functional zero on homelessness among all veterans. In making the announcement, Mayor Landrieu said, “Six months ago on

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First Lady Urges Leaders to Join Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Yesterday in the East Room of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness as part of the Joining Forces initiative. Joining the First Lady were mayors from cities across the country, including St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Houston, New Orleans, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. These

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What does the end of chronic veteran homelessness mean for cities?

Last month, Phoenix made the historic announcement that all of their chronically homeless veterans were off the streets. This amazing milestone is the result of collaboration between all parts of the community and the use of data to drive decisions and allocate resources. The accomplishment has sparked a national conversation about whether or not a

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This National Tragedy is Ending and Cities Are Leading the Way

This post also appears on the blog of The Home Depot Foundation. Last week in Seattle, NLC held its annual Congress of Cities and Exposition. More than 3,500 participants gathered to learn about the dynamic ways cities are driving change and finding solutions to the most pressing challenges facing local government. Among these challenges is

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The Homeless Veteran Outside NLC

Earlier this week as I approached the steps of our building, I noticed a man sitting against newspaper stands with a white cardboard sign that simply read “homeless vet.” Out of habit, I kept walking.  After less than 10 feet though, I was struck by what I knew was my obligation to honor his sacrifice

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Cities Make Progress Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness; More Cities Join the Effort

Last week in Los Angeles, the 100,000 Homes Campaign sponsored the latest Veteran’s Boot Camp that brought together stakeholders from communities in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and California. The event comes in the wake of progress being reported by cities who participated in an earlier boot camp held in Tampa, Florida in April. This latest “Veteran’s

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